Thursday, September 22, 2016

#FRC2016: The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge(it's our Junior Year!)  We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

Course Title: Forensic Sciences
Department: Psychological Thrillers

About the book:

Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.
Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.
The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn't belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.
Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.
But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.
Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller -- a searing, unforgettable novel of love, loss, and redemption. 

Full disclosure: I have not read any of the previous books in this series (this book is #8) by Karin Slaughter.  I will say I did have a bit of trouble getting into this book in the beginning since this book did seem to involve some loose ends from the previous book.  It was a little confusing figuring out the back story, but Slaughter does a good job of guiding you along if you are not familiar with this series!  This book really starts right out of the gate with the prologue.  This book centers around Angie (cray cray alert!) who has a past (marriage) with Will Trent, who is a special agent.  You get some information about her background and what makes her tick.  Angie's blood (and there is A LOT of blood) and gun are found in a warehouse that belongs to an athlete that Trent has been investigating for rape for some time.  What else is in that warehouse? Oh, just a dead body of a dirty cop.  With Angie back in the picture, Will's life is thrown upside down and so his the life with  his gf, Sara, who also happens to be the medical examiner.  I can't tell you too much without giving some of the plot away, but you will see some of the story from Angie's point of view.  This allows the reader to get into the inner workings of her mind to find out what makes Angie well...Angie.  You slowly learn how she is involved in the case.  This book raises issues about domestic violence, rape and childhood abuse that is extremely complex!  Angie's presence has another affect: on Trent and Sara.  Their lives are changed by everything.  This has Trent remembering past hurts and has Sara questioning everything.  This makes fans of the series wishing for the next installment (I know I am)!  

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About the author:

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instantNew York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent Series, Grant County Series, and stand-alone novel Cop Town are all in development for film & television.

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